Evidence Exchange of LGBT Statistics

Welcome to the LGF’s Evidence Exchange, an evidence base of statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) needs and experiences.

Topics range from healthcare to homophobia and schools to safer sex. The evidence base is continuously updated to include new research, and all records include as much information about the statistic as possible.

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58% of LGBT people who drink alcohol would use an LGBT-specific alcohol help or advice service.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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57% of LGBT people have at some point been concerned about how much they drink.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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28% of LGBT said that drinking alcohol had lead to unprotected sex.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol
Sexual Health: Condom Use

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Only 2% of LGBT people who have ever used an illegal drug or a legal drug without prescription have ever used a drug service.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGBT people are over 9 times more likely to have used cocaine in the last year (22%) compared to the general population (2.4%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGBT people are over 4 times more likely to have used cannabis in the last year (33%) compared to the general population (8.7%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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19% of LGBT people are 'binge drinkers', this is the same figure as estimated for the general population.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGBT people who have used ecstasy (84%), cocaine (86%), poppers (89%), crystal meth (90%), ketamine (89%) or GHB (92%) in the past year are more likely than those who have not, to say they enjoy LGBT venues or events.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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4% of LGBT people frequently use Viagra.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGBT people are over 18 times more likely to have used poppers in the last year (22%) compared to the general population (1.2%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGBT people are over 15 times more likely to have used ecstasy in the last year (24%) compared to the general population (1.6%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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15% of LGBT people frequently use cannabis

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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13% of LGBT people frequently use poppers.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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9% of LGBT people frequently use ecstasy/MDMA.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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7% of LGBT people frequency use cocaine.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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5% of LGBT people frequently use ketamine.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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85% of LGBT people drink alcohol.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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White LGBT people are more likely to drink alcohol (86%) than BME LGBT people (78%) or traveller or other LGBT people (61%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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LGBT people who have used an illegal drug in the past are more likely to be in debt (59%) than LGBT people who have not (42%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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People who identify as Queer are most likely to take drugs (85%), followed by those who identify as bisexual (62%), gay people (51%) and lastly lesbians (45%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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